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PRCHN PEER Fellow Initiates Teen Wellness Program
The PRCHN runs a training program called Partners in Education, Evaluation, and Research (PEER), a 14-month, part-time mentored program designed to increase research capacity in community organizations and facilitate academic/community research partnerships through the training of a selected staff member of that organization. Qualified applicants (“fellows”) from community organizations engage in an interactive training based on a health issue relevant to the participating community organization. A PEER Fellow named Gloria Agosto-Davis is the grants coordinator for the Teen Wellness, Child & Family Health Services & Prevent Premature Fatherhood initiative at the Cuyahoga County Board of Health. 

Agosto-Davis’ PEER project was “Analyzing the Teen Wellness Program Using the Youth Risk Behavior Survey.” Heidi Gullett, a faculty member in CWRU Family Medicine department was her faculty partner, and Claire Boettler served as her organizational mentor from the Board of Health. Agosto-Davis’ research results showed that the YRBS data collected to gauge overall youth risk behaviors could be used as a proxy for health program interventions. She also concluded that future programming at the board of health should include a plan for assessing health outcomes in addition to post-test knowledge surveys. Agosto-Davis and Gullett wrote and submitted a successful $4 million Department of Health & Human Services grant to implement evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs. The idea arose from the increase in “No” responses to the question “Have you been taught about HIV/AIDS?” on the PRCHN’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS).

In order to broadly achieve health equity and reduce overall teen pregnancy and STIs within Cuyahoga County, youth in communities with elevated rates will need to be targeted. The CCBH Teen Wellness Initiative will focus on programming within the city of Cleveland and the county’s east side suburbs in three settings: middle school, high school, and community centers. By targeting youth in middle school, high school, and community centers in the highest need communities, it is likely that the overall Cuyahoga County teen birth and STI rates will improve.